IPL 2021: Andrew Tye reveals the reason for his exit from the tournament

Andrew Tye pulled out of the IPL yesterday citing anxiety about the COVID-19 situation as the reason.

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Andrew Tye with Purple Cap
Andrew Tye with Purple Cap

Rajasthan Royals’ pacer Andrew Tye has left the IPL 2021 midway due to various concerns. Andrew Tye has spoken out on the reasons for his mid-season exit from IPL 2021. The Australian pacer cited bubble exhaustion and worries about India’s rising COVID-19 numbers as reasons for his unscheduled withdrawal. Tye also revealed that he has been approached by a number of other players since he left the tournament.

Andrew Tye returned to Australia on Sunday morning, leaving the Rajasthan Royals with only four foreign players. The Royals’ only overseas players are Jos Buttler, David Miller, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman.

Andrew Tye acknowledged that a number of factors contributed to his exit, the most important of which was the increase in cases reported in Australia from India.

“There was a number of reasons, but the main one was with the situation that has started to happen back home in Perth with a lot of cases in hotel quarantine coming out of India. Now there’s been a community case in Perth governments are trying to restrict numbers coming back in, especially in Western Australia. There are definitely concerns. A lot of guys have been in touch today once they realised I was leaving. Some of the guys are very interested in what route I took home and other guys are just happy to make sure I’m okay. Not sure if I’ll be the only one,” explained Tye.

Andrew Tye is the fourth RR overseas player to be ruled out

Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye

Andrew Tye is Rajasthan Royals’ fourth overseas player to be out of the ongoing IPL 2021. The first Rajasthan Royals player to be ruled out was Jofra Archer who suffered an elbow injury prior to the tournament. Then, due to a fractured finger suffered during a game against the Punjab Kings a few days back, all-rounder Ben Stokes was also ruled out. Another English player, Liam Livingstone, withdrew from the tournament due to bio-bubble fatigue.

As the COVID-19 situation in India worsens, the Australian government has imposed a number of restrictions on travel from the country. Flights from India have been cut by 30%, with further limitations set to be revealed shortly.

“I just thought to try and get on the front foot and get home before I got locked out of the country. It’s been a long time in bubbles and hubs – doing the calculations earlier, I think I’ve had 11 days at home out of the bubble since August, so for me, I just wanted to get home,” added Andrew Tye.

“They are having over 300,000 cases a day and they are only the ones being reported, we know there’s probably a lot more than that number who can’t get tested. Yes, the IPL and BCCI have done an amazing job of keeping us safe but at the same time it’s tough and you also feel bad for the amount of people out there with Covid and we are still able to play cricket,” concluded Andrew Tye.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa have also announced their exit from the IPL 2021, citing the similar reasons.

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